Archive photo of Indian grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi.
Indian grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi defeated fellow teen Christopher Yoo in the quarterfinals via a tiebreak to reach the final four rounds of the Julius Baer Generation Cup online rapid chess tournament on Friday. However, Erigiasi’s compatriot R Praggnanandhaa crashed and lost 1-3 to Germany’s Vincent Keymer. World Champion Magnus Carlsen, a winner of Levon Aronian from the US), will take on 17-year-old Keymer, while the other semi-final will see Liem Quang Le and Erigaisi from Vietnam. The 19-year-old Erigaisi and the 15-year-old Yoo were locked 2-2 after the four rapid matches. The Indian won the opening match before his opponent leveled up again. The same pattern repeated in the next two games.
In the blitz tie-break, Erigiasi won the first to take the advantage and drew the second to advance to the semifinals. Praggnanandhaa suffered a setback when he went down in the opening match. The next two games ended in draws. As the 17-year-old Indian needed a win to force a tiebreak, the German scored a 42-move win to secure a spot in the semi-finals.
Carlsen ousted Aronian 3-1 despite losing the opening game to continue his stellar run. He lost only one game to Hans Niemann in the pre-stage after just two moves.
Liem Quang Le meanwhile knocked out Niemann 2.5-1.5 and closed the game with a decisive win in the fourth game after being at 1.5 after three games.
In the semi-finals, the players participate in two sets of four matches. Previously, Carlsen had led the preliminary standings with 34 points, followed by Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa in fourth place.
The event will accommodate 16 players spanning three generations and will be held in a round-robin-cum-knockout format.
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